China destroys thousands of maps depicting Arunachal in India

Beijing: Customs authorities in a northeastern Chinese city last week destroyed nearly 30,000 world maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India and Taiwan as a separate nation.

According to reports, the largest such exercise in recent years was carried out to protect China’s territorial integrity. The maps were in English and prepared by a company in a Chinese province called, Anhui.

Beijing claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China and on its official maps it is depicted as a part of south Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

China also claims the estranged island of Taiwan as its part to be unified eventually.

The maps were meant for export to an unspecified country, state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday.

Almost 30,000 “incorrect” world maps, showing Taiwan as a separate country and wrong depiction of the Sino-Indian border, were destroyed by the customs authorities in Qingdao, it said.

India says the State of Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and indisputable part and Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of the country.